PROS / This gas grill heats consistently and evenly for an exceptional grilling experience.
CONS / There is no side burner.
VERDICT / The Weber Genesis is the best gas grill we reviewed, with reliable temperatures, easy cleanup, and a deep grate that gives you plenty of room to cook your favorite foods.
Editor's Note: A newer Weber model, the Genesis II E-310, is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this model for purchase. The manufacturer lists it as offering three high-performance steel burners and a new grease-management system to reduce flair-ups. We will evaluate the Weber Genesis II E-310 liquid propane grill when we next update our Gas Grills reviews. Meanwhile, the review below provides information on the Weber Genesis E-310.
Weber produces some of the best gas grills on the market. Its long-lasting grills are known for their reliability and quality, and our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner, the Weber Genesis E-310, is no exception. This stainless steel grill combines the quality construction Weber is known for with the convenience of a wide grilling area, excellent heat retention and even cooking to give you a superior grilling experience.
The most important aspect of any gas grill is its ability to produce and retain heat. If the grill produces high temperatures but lacks the ability to maintain a constant temperature, you will have to keep your flames burning on high, which usually results in the outside of your meat cooking too long and drying out. Fortunately, the Weber Genesis E-310's heat consistency alleviates this potential problem.
The Weber Genesis E-310 has three stainless steel primary burners that cook evenly and efficiently with a total of 38,000 Btu. While it takes around eight minutes to reach a preheat temperature of 500 degrees, the construction of the grill allows you to maintain a high temperature using less fuel than you'd need with other grills. The Genesis E-310 does not include a rear burner to assist in rotisserie cooking or a side burner for cooking your toppings while you grill burgers or steaks, though.
Weber offers a Genesis model specifically designed to work with your natural gas connection, if you have one. Weber does not sell a conversion kit for the Genesis product line, so you can't convert this propane grill to a natural gas grill without buying a new one if you change your mind in the future. Natural gas can save you money in the long run, but the location of your connection limits where you can place your grill.
Grilling Areas & Dimensions
The primary grilling area of the Genesis E-310 consists of two porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates with a total 507 square inches of grilling space. In our testing, we found this to be enough room to place up to 24 uncooked 4-inch hamburger patties side by side. This is a large grilling area for a three-burner gas grill and is one of the reasons the E-310 is our pick for the best barbecue grill.
The Genesis E-310's deep grate saves space on your porch or deck while still allowing you to cook a lot of food. When it's not covered with burgers, this grill can handle a sizable rack of ribs or a fair-sized brisket, although you may need to cut the ribs into two half-racks to fit them comfortably if they are very long.
The only disappointment with the grilling area is that the warming rack only holds around five uncooked 4-inch burgers, or around six hamburger bun halves. It would be nice to have a larger warming rack, but the reduced size allows you to reach the middle and back rows of the grill more easily, so it's a good trade-off. Additionally, the warming rack sits 6 inches above the primary cooking grates, which makes it manageable to flip food over with a spatula without hitting it against the warming rack.
Grilling on the Genesis E-310 is enjoyable. The wide surface area allows you to cook multiple food items, and being able to reach each portion without a low-hanging warming rack getting in the way is a pleasant change.
This stainless steel grill is sturdily built, with a thick gauge of steel used in the firebox. The hood is covered with porcelain, boosting the heat retention of this grill. The E-310 does not feel flimsy at all, and the side shelves are sturdy and have three accessory hooks on each side for your grilling tools.
The primary cooking grates are made of cast iron and coated with a porcelain enamel. The grates are wider than the traditional round bars on stainless steel grates. This design gives you wide, attractive sear marks on your food, and the narrow spaces between the bars decreases the chance of losing a burger between them. These cast-iron grates retain heat more efficiently and longer than a stainless steel grate, making this grill a better choice for slow cooking.
Weber offers a rotisserie kit for purchase that is compatible with the Genesis E-310. When you use this kit, you do not have to ignite the center burner; rather, you use the left and right burners for indirect heat. This helps your chicken stay juicy while cooking to the appropriate temperature.
One of the nicest features of this grill is the four swiveling casters it rests on. Because each wheel can rotate, you can push the E-310 in any direction. This is an extremely helpful feature of the best gas grills, as it reduces the frustration of trying to saw your grill back and forth like a handcart to get it in the right position. The front two casters lock, keeping your grill safely in place.
Warranty & Support
Weber provides a 10-year warranty on this grill's stainless steel burners, which is double the industry standard. All other parts of the grill are covered for two years if defective. This grill takes around two hours to put together, but if you can purchase it preassembled, it's ready to start grilling within minutes.
Another investment worth purchasing is a grill cover. This is essential if you plan to store your Weber Genesis outdoors where it is subjected to the elements. A cover protects the grill and makes it last longer. If you ever have questions or concerns or need to order a replacement part, you can contact Weber by email or phone.
While the Weber Genesis E-310 only has three burners, the grilling experience of this high-quality propane grill is on par with top-rated gas grills that are much larger and more expensive. The cast-iron grates give your food beautiful sear marks, retain heat and are easy to clean, while the firebox construction gives the E-310 an edge over the other grills on our lineup in temperature consistency and even heating. The Weber Genesis E-310 is your best bet for the superior grilling experience that only the best outdoor grills offer.